I am a composer and musician in and around Memphis and New York City. I can currently be heard with:
The Rolling Head Orchestra (performing my own instrumental and vocal compositions, in the style of le jazz primitif).
The Kropotkins (contributing composer, singer, pianist, bass drum).
Lorette Velvette (side man par excellence).
The Luv Clowns (contributing composer, player, and buffoon).
As for history, I have played piano, organ, synth, and guitar a great deal around Memphis since the mid-1980s. I was a founding member of The Reigning Sound, and played on their first 4 studio CDs. The Reigning Sound, plus Jack Oblivian, were also stand-ins for The Compulsive Gamblers and there was a fine CD of our live shows released by Sympathy for the Record Industry. I've also led groups called The Weeds and Rinderkinder in the 90s, and put out some singles on Loverly Records. This is all around Memphis. Tennessee. I was born near Memphis, Nebraska. Good bait shop there. I've also played with Jim Duckworth as Ragged Clown Behind and I now play with Harlan T. Bobo, Doug Easley, & Tim Prudhomme as one of The Luv Clowns, released on Goner, Jr. Records. So there's the clown thing. I also play trombone if wearing clown make-up. I can herd cattle with that thing. It's that effective.
I also co-founded Big Ass Truck and played on that band's first CD. Other people I've played and recorded with: Tav Falco & Panther Burns, Alex Chilton, Impala, Linda Gail Lewis, Jim Dickinson, Iggy Pop (see Discography and Soundtracks). And I play with my beautiful, talented wife, Lorette Velvette. We write songs together, most recently to be found on "A History of Memphis Garage Bands: the 1990s". She and I are regular players in a NYC group called The Kropotkins. The legendary Moe Tucker was in that group for a NY minute. I scored a nifty little flick called Olympia, directed by Robert Byington. And I did the original podcast theme for the New York Academy of Sciences. Most recently I scored the documentary "Citizens Not Subjects! Reawakening Democracy in Memphis," made by Verissima Productions. I also grow vegetables, write, and teach anthropology. See the Discography for more history.
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